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Students and Staff Attend Experiential Education Conference

Posted May 3, 2010
Tags Education Studies Outdoor Leadership
Hamilton was well-represented at the Northeast Regional Association of Experiential Education (AEE) Conference held April 23-25 at Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, Maine. The annual conference is attended by classroom educators, corporate trainers, outdoor and environmental education leaders and others interested in incorporating experiential education into their professions.

Assistant Director of Outdoor Leadership Sarah Weis served as conference convener and presented in two workshops. “How’dya Get that Wicked Cool Job” was a panel discussion about how participating outdoor professionals got their jobs, and “How YOU Can Get that Wicked Cool Job” was about professional communication in the job search process.

Director of Outdoor Leadership Andrew Jillings presented “Lego my Leaders: The Philosophy Behind Leader Selection and Training at Hamilton College.” He also was a presenter in a workshop about risk management called “Lemons, Gorillas and Kryptonite.”

Devin Farkas ’10 presented “John Dewey in the 21st Century,” the culmination of his independent study with Jillings, Weis and Education Studies Program Director Susan Mason. Farkas also highlighted Dewey’s educational philosophies of learning by doing and creative problem solving by conducting a workshop in which participants assembled a kayak frame using boat building tools.

Lauren Duncan ’10 served on the conference host committee as publications director and Makenna Perry ’12 volunteered on the service crew. Other Hamilton students at the conference were Anna Bastidas ’13, James Reynolds ’10, Julia Wilber ’11, Kelsey Craw ’12 and Lisa Feuerstein ’10. In addition, Director of Outreach and Orientation Amy James, Assistant Director of Community Outreach Jeremy Wattles, Assistant Director of Student Activities David Eng, Greenhouse/Invertebrate Care Technician Hillary Joy Pitoniak and Addie Liddic ’06 attended.

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